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Christmas 2018

Our Christmas Cabaret Concert at the Civic Centre in Castleford on 14th December is already our best selling Christmas concert for many years. Thanks to everyone for your support! Online tickets have now ended, but you can still make last minute bookings by calling Susan Jaggar on (01977) 511971. Tickets are just £7 for adults and free for kids, and light refreshments are included! See you all there!

We're a Co-op Local Cause!

Castleford Young Musicians are delighted to have been chosen as one of Co-op Castleford's Local Causes for 2018-19.

This means as a member of Co-op, you can choose CYM as your local cause and automatically donate 1% of what you have spent on selected products and services, including food stores and electricals, to Castleford Young Musicians and help boost our Defibrillators for Castleford Appeal. For more information, click here.

Christmas Early Bird Offer

Tickets are now on sale for our Christmas 2018 concert at the Civic Centre in Castleford on Friday 14th December at 7:30pm. As usual, kids go free and adults tickets are just £7 each (that's 50p cheaper than last year!) PLUS if you buy them before 16th November, you can save even more as they are only £6 until then. Surely they have to be the best value tickets in town this Christmas?! Click below to book yours now!

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Defibrillator Appeal Update

We still have a little money to come in, but we're delighted to announce we have exceeded our £2000 target to install two defibrillators in Castleford, raising a fantastic £2239.06 (so far!)
A massive thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this in such a short time - we expected this to take a couple of years!

Our President, Rodney Green has sent the following message:
"As President of Castleford Young Musicians, I should like to thank, most sincerely, the general public and the many benefactors who have made it possible for us to install 2 defibrillators in Castleford town centre.  Your generosity will now produce a life-saving apparatus in the Castleford community."

We will of course update you when the defibrillators are purchased and installed. Watch this space!

Children's University

CYM are now a registered Learning Destination with the Children's University, so our younger members can earn hours for their Passports to Learning by taking part in rehearsals and concerts. We are also more than happy to invite new members who may be part of the Children's University and want to fill their passports! For more information about the Children's University, visit their website

Five Towns Community Day

Some of our band and choir member helped run a stall at Pontefract Park on Saturday 15th September as we kick-started our 2018-19 season with some promotion at the Five Towns Community Day.



An Evening of Music on the Lanes

Our concert 'An Evening of Music on the Lanes'. took place on the evening of Friday 13th July at Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre to raise money for our 'Defbirillators for Castleford' Appeal. The evening was a great success with an audience of over 100 people enjoying a wide range of music from our concert band and choir. We're still waiting for the total amount raised on the night, but with over £280 raised from the raffle alone, a big 'thank you' has to go to everyone who bought tickets. Thanks also to Loubie Lou's, Sisters Ladies Fashionwear, Bill Plant Driving School by Scott Tomkinson, KL Hairdressing,  and the staff at Dorothy Perkins and Marks & Spencer and  for donating some brilliant raffle prizes.



Castleford Footbridge 10th Anniversary Celebrations

CYM were recently invited to perform at the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the Castleford Footbridge.

The bridge project featured on Channel 4 and was officially opened on the 4th of July 2008 by Wakefield Council Leader Peter Box and TV presenter Kevin McCloud at a cost of £4.8 million, which was funded by national and regional bodies. For more information about the bridge, visit the Castleford Heritage Trust website

Help us Spread the Word!

Social media is one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective methods of promotion available to us, but we need your support! Please like and share our pages and posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word! Why not keep up to date with all the CYM news and events by joining our mailing list too?! Click here to sign up.





Calling All Clarinettists!

Castleford Young Musicians are always on the lookout for new band and choir members, but we're currently very keen to invite any clarinettists who may wish to join us. There are NO AUDITIONS, so if you're aged between 8 and 25 and are at least grade 1 standard please come down to a rehearsal and see what you think! Contact us for more information.



Keep in the know!

From September 2017 we will be using e-mail (rather than letters) as our primary method of communication with members and parents, so please sign up to our mailing list (here) as soon as possible.

For everyone else, we'll be launching a brand new (occasional) e-mail newsletter very soon, so please sign up for all the latest CYM news and events!

Become a Friend of CYM

Our annual patron's scheme 'Friends of CYM' is a great way to support Castleford Young Musicians if you're not musical or you fall outside our membership age range! Memberships renew each August, but between now and the end of January we have a special half-year offer for only £5 (single membership) or just £6 (joint membership). There is no commitment from August 2017, but if you would like to continue supporting us, membership for the following 12 months will be £12 (single) and £15 (joint).

This is an excellent way to help CYM with their fundraising efforts - if you're interested please complete the form on our Friends page. Contact us if you would like more information.


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Defibrilators for Castleford Appeal

CYM are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint fundraising campaign with Carlton Lanes to bring much needed defibrillators to Castleford town centre. We are aiming to raise enough money to locate two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Shopping Centre which will be available for use by members of the public should the need arise.

AEDs are lightweight portable devices used in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) that check the patient’s heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. SCA can lead to death if it’s not treated within minutes; in fact each minute of SCA leads to a 10% reduction in the chance of survival. AEDs are intended to be used by the general public to allow early treatment of the patient until the emergency services arrive.

Castleford Young Musicians will be raising money through various fundraising events, donations and collections at concerts, but we're very pleased to announce that 100% of the profit from our Annual Concert at the Civic Centre on Friday 11th May will go towards this appeal.

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